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Champions 2011

LCCC Title Win In Verse

LCCC Title Win In Verse

In honour of Lancashire's first County Championship since 1934, and as a long standing lover of cricket, LCCC supporter John Hastings commemorates the county's tremendous achievement in verse.





Well done to Lancashire Cricket Club

on their County Championship glory.

The Brothers Grimm could not have

written a better fairy story.


Laurel and Hardy were making us laugh,

King George the Fifth reigned supreme,

the last time that “Red Rose” supporters

hailed a Championship winning team


When season Twenty Eleven began,

the general expectation

was for mid-table respectability,

far away from relegation.


However, to the astonishment

of even the most one-eyed fan,

The “Red Rose” began to blossom

with the spirit of “Yes We Can”.


Every victory diversified from

a close triumph to an innings romp.

Not even the odd defeat or draw

could deter from Lancashire’s pomp.


Then, on the 15th of September,

Glen Chapple and his companions

shattered through the final barrier

to become, at last, County Champions


Finally, seventy seven years

of anguish, frustration and pain

were consigned to history’s pavilion

and NEVER to loom large again.


Next year, Lancashire must be given

the opportunity to cross swords

with the Champions of Australia

in a “Winner Take All” at Lord’s.


More poems by John can be found at "John Hastings' Poetry" on Facebook.


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